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Ministry of National Defence call together representatives of Seimas, State Control and the UK Defence Ministry to discuss the project of procuring ”Hunt” class vessels

2009.02.27

Representatives of the Defence Procurement Agency of the UK Defence Ministry visited Ministry of National Defence o February 26.

On the initiative of the Ministry of National Defence they met with Saulius Peceliunas, member of National Security and Defence Committee of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, and representatives of State Control. The meeting was held over the procurement project of two ”Hunt” class boats Lithuania intends to buy from the UK.

”Our decision to continue the previously commenced procurement project shows our striving for clarity and transparency. Our initiated meeting of the UK Defence Ministry experts, National Security and Defence Committee of Seimas and representatives of State Control provides Lithuanians with an opportunity to receive information on procedures and conditions of the contract directly from coordinators of the project," said Rasa Jukneviciene. The Minister highlighted that ”the process of procurement has already gained pace and payment of 36m Litas has already been made. Regarding present economical situation in Lithuania, it is time we have to find ways of relieving the burden of long-term commitments, and with this intention we will seek extended consultations with the British to agree on more flexible conditions of payment.”

In 2008 Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania and UK Ministry of Defence signed an agreement on Lithuania's procuring two ”Hunt” class vessels from the Royal Naval Force. The acquired mine countermeasures boats will be used for national and collective NATO tasks and will replace ”Lindau” class minehunters ”Kursis” (M51) and ”Suduvis” (M52) to be out of commission in Lithuanian Naval Force by 2011-2012.

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